Edward S. Kwak, MD
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryAVAILABLE VIRTUALLY
Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine Mount SinaiNew York, NY
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Searching for the right facial plastic surgeon can require a huge leap of faith. It is imperative to choose a doctor who specializes in the delicate, highly intricate procedures reserved for nose, lips, eyes and forehead, as these areas require unparalleled precision as well as the astute eye of a seasoned artist. In Dr. Edward Kwak, patients have finally found this elusive, winning combination. Dr. Kwak is certified not only by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, but he is also certified as a head and neck expert by the American Board of Otolaryngology. This is why ESK is proud to be the home of one of the best surgeons for rhinoplasty NYC has to offer. After graduating cum laude from Tufts University, Kwak began his medical education at Indiana University School of Medicine where he immediately rose to garner the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Award and the Eli Lilly/K.K. Chen Pharmacology Award. Dr. Kwak then chose to complete his graduate studies in his favorite city of New York, serving one year of general surgery at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan before winning admission to The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary where he would complete one of the country’s most prestigious residencies in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Following this initial residency, Dr. Kwak was then invited to study under the renowned Dr. Russell Kridel, sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was chosen to this elite fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston. After his fellowship, Dr. Kwak served as a visiting surgeon in Seoul, Korea, broadening his knowledge and skill at the most famous institutions in the nation.
Distinguished training, skill and technical precision are expected from any top surgeon in NYC. Dr. Kwak, however, possesses several additional qualities that truly set him apart in his field. He is devoted to ensuring each patient feels at ease, from the moment they walk through the door to the weeks and months after surgery as they enjoy their stunning results.
Professional & Academic Titles
- Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai
- Director of ESKMD
- Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Years of Experience
- 18 years of experience
- Gan Chinese
- American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- American Board of Otolaryngology
Experience and Expertise
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Questions and Answers
No, with the use of local anesthetics there should only be minor discomfort, primarily when applying the anesthetic.
There are two methods available for hair transplant, and those are the FUE and FUT methods. Both involve the removal of hair follicles from a donor site, typically the back of the head. Those follicles are then grafted onto the thinning or balding area.
If you are experiencing significant hair loss with a receding hairline or balding areas, then this could be an option for you. Setting up a consultation with a surgeon will ascertain whether this procedure will bring about the result you envision – and which procedure will work best for you.
There are two types of rhinoplasty: open and closed. Open rhinoplasty is performed using a small, discreet incision on the underside of your nose in between your nostrils. Incisions are completely concealed within the nose during a closed technique. Dr. Kwak will then reshape the cartilage and bone in the nose to make the necessary changes to the bridge, tip, and nostrils. Cartilage grafts can be used to add volume where necessary. The septum is also straightened and obstructions are removed. After all changes have been made, the skin is gently re-draped and the incision is closed.
It's hard to overstate the importance of choosing the right surgeon for your rhinoplasty. Any surgery can involve risk, but in the case of cosmetic procedures, the risks go beyond the usual medical issues. You are choosing to have this procedure for aesthetic purposes and it’s possible for a surgeon to do a perfectly safe, workmanlike job and still fall far short of your goals. While it can be possible to correct a procedure that failed to meet your expectations, this is not a road you want to travel. Patients seeking a rhinoplasty surgeon in New York can have full confidence that Dr. Edward Kwak can execute their NYC rhinoplasty to the highest standard, providing an ideal combination of technical skill and artistry.
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you can return home the same day. Initial recovery is expected to take one to two weeks. The delicate, precise surgical techniques used during the procedure result in virtually undetectable scars. Your nose will look natural and blend in with the rest of your features in perfect harmony. Whether you have trouble breathing due to a deviated septum or simply don’t like the shape of your nose, rhinoplasty with Dr. Kwak can help.
A rhinoplasty should only be performed by a specialist who holds credentials from the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Surgeons with a specialty in otolaryngology (head and neck specialist) offer a superior level of training and have dedicated several extra years to education and experience.
Never blow your nose after a rhinoplasty, as this can damage the delicate work performed by your plastic surgeon, and result in complications. It is normal to experience some discharge, which can be addressed with gauze, but never blow.
Pregnant mothers must wait until the child is born before undergoing rhinoplasty as there could be risks to the growing baby due to the administration of anesthesia or the stress of surgery.
Most patients are pleased that recovery turns out to be less painful than they expected, but may feel pressure, headache, and tenderness. The most unpleasant after effect is that the nose swelling restricts breathing and the nose feels “stuffy.”
A closed rhinoplasty uses incisions made within the nostrils so that the scars are not visible. In many cases, open rhinoplasty is required to achieve your desired results, but the scar is minimal and virtually invisible. Another scarless option is the use of dermal fillers to enhance nose shape subtly.
You can shower or bathe the day after surgery, but you cannot get the splint, packing, or bandages wet. To wash your face, use a washcloth to avoid getting the dressings wet. You will be restricted from tubs or swimming for at least two weeks after surgery.
A tremendous amount of pre-operative attention and detailed communication before the procedure is the key to a successful aesthetic outcome.
Edward S. Kwak, MD
Practice and Location
Edward S. Kwak MD
- Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Head and Neck Surgeon, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, May 2007
- Indiana University School of Medicine (2001)
- Tufts University (1998)
- Lenox Hill Hospital
- Mount Sinai Beth Israel
- American Academy Of Facial Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery
- American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities
- Faces of Honor
- Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Award
- Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor
- Eli Lilly/K.K. Chen Pharmacology Award
- Expert Injector
- New York Rising Stars
- New York Super Doctors
- Newbeauty Top Beauty Doctor
- NY Top Doc Award